Archive for December 31st, 2007

source: BOPA
31 December, 2007

PALAPYE – Minister of Health, Prof. Sheila Tlou and loser in the recent Botswana Democratic Party(BDP) primary elections for the Palapye Constituency has appealed the December 22 elections results.

Prof. Tlou told BOPA Thursday in Palapye that she was appealing the results because she believed that the regulations were violated.

I have written an appeal letter to the central committee and the letter has been submitted to the BDP head office in Gaborone, she said.

Prof. Tlou indicated that in her appeal letter, she called on the central committee to investigate possible cases of voter trafficking as well as decampaigning of other candidates by the winner of the elections, Mr Moiseraele Goya and his supporters. She also said she had evidence that the former MP for the area Mr Boyce Sebetela was de-campaigning her and rooted for Mr Goya.

Mr Sebetela and the constituency secretary were campaigning against me alleging that I am a failure, she said.

He even said that I am failing to take action against people who steal drugs and medicine at government storages. I was also informed that Mr Sebetela was telling people to vote for Goya because he is youthful.

Prof. Tlou who lost by six votes to Mr Goya further said: I heard that some Botswana Congress Party members were trafficked to vote in the elections.

Dr Batlang Serema, the executive secretary of the BDP, could neither confirm nor deny that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Voice (Francistown)

26 December 2007
Posted to the web 27 December 2007

Chedza Simon

The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has announced an increase in electricity tariffs with effect from the 1st of January.

BPC increased tariffs for domestic use by 9% from 6% in March 2004 while the tariffs for commercial purposes were hiked by 15%.

Fixed charge for domestic usage was also increased from P 8.58 to P10 while fixed charge for commercial purposes was hiked from P22.69 in September 2005 to P26.09.

Some electricity consumers have responded with shock and despair to the tariff increase but BPC Head of Public Relations Tlhomamiso Selato has said that the increase was [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)

30 December 2007
Posted to the web 30 December 2007

Mwai Kibaki

Acceptance speech by His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H., M.P., President And Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya following his re-election to server a second term, State House Nairobi, 30th December, 2007.

Fellow Kenyans,

Following the announcement of the presidential election results by the Electoral Commission of Kenya, I stand before you humbled and grateful for the opportunity you have given me to serve you again as your President for a second five-year term.

I thank all Kenyans who voted in large numbers in these elections. I thank all of you for the trust you have bestowed upon me in renewing my mandate, which I accept with sincere gratitude and humility. I am confident that together, we will succeed in changing our country into a better home for all Kenyans.

The elections were very closely contested. I thank those of our brothers and sisters who voted for me and [continue reading]

source: ZimNews
author/source:Sundya Indepepdent (SA)
published:Sun 30-Dec-2007

“The Reserve Bank and the police are defeating the course of justice”
Harare – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has left for an unnamed eastern Asian country for his annual holiday as thousands of ordinary Zimbabweans queue to exchange their old banknotes before they became worthless. “President Mugabe and the First Lady have left for the Far East,” state radio reported yesterday. The state-owned Herald newspaper said: “President Mugabe has taken his annual leave, part of which he will spend in the Far East.” Mugabe, who is under European Union and United States travel sanctions, has in recent years holidayed in Malaysia.

Before that, he and his family took their yearly break in Europe and would usually make a stopover in London. Relations between Mugabe and his former western allies were strained when Zimbabwe launched controversial land reforms, seizing land from white farmers, ostensibly to allocate it to landless blacks. The antipathy was exacerbated when the EU and the US imposed sanctions on Mugabe and his [continue reading]

Mogae sends message

source: BOPA
31 December, 2007

GABORONE – President Festus Mogae says it was with deep sorrow and profound sadness that he learnt of the assassination of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mrs Banazir Bhutto.

The message is directed to the bereaved family, the President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf and the people of Pakistan.

Mrs Banazir Bhutto was killed by a suicide bomber, who also claimed the lives of about 20 other people on Dec. 27, 2007 during her political campaign in the city of Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

President Mogaes message reads: In Mrs Bhutto, your country has lost a beacon of peace and democracy, and a heroine who was resolute in fighting terrorism both at home and abroad.

The message says Mrs Bhuttos death is a loss not only to [continue reading]

Luyanda Makapela and Gabi Khumalo

31 December 2007

The South African government and its partners should find ways to put effective measures in place so that better results could be achieved at all school levels in future, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

Addressing the media in Pretoria after announcing the matric results on Friday, Pandor said it was clear from various studies, as well as this year’s results, that quality learning needed to be the department’s concrete objective for all grades.

The national pass rate for 2007 stands at 65.2% – 1.4% below the pass rate of 2006.

This year, a total of 564 775 candidates sat for the exams and 368 217 passed, some 85 454 candidates passed with endorsement. This was 376 less than in 2006.

Pandor raised concerns that teachers were not [continue reading]

source: BOPA
31 December, 2007

RAMOTSWA – Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete has advised local authorities to work jointly and consult the community about implementation of development in the village.

Kgosi Mosadi said at a Malete Land Board-organised stakeholders consultative meeting to create a harmonised working relationship with all key stakeholders and share plans currently being implemented in the district.

She said it was not good to execute projects in the village or district without consultation, saying consultation created team work.

Kgosi Mosadi said local authorities should prove that they wanted to develop the district and serve the community, adding that teamwork was vital.

She said united efforts and cooperation should be seen among [continue reading]